SUMMARY Û Margaret Pole The Countess in the Tower

READ Margaret Pole The Countess in the Tower

SUMMARY Û Margaret Pole The Countess in the Tower ✓ ➹ [Read] ➵ Margaret Pole The Countess in the Tower By Susan Higginbotham ➼ – Of the many executions ordered by Henry VIII surely the most horrifying was that of sixty seven year old Margaret Pole Countess of Salisbury hacked to piCountess ePUB #8608 for a happier fate until religious upheaval and rebellion caused Margaret and her family to fall from grace From Margaret’s birth as the daughter of a royal duke to her beatification centuries after her death Margaret Pole The Countess in the Tower tells the story of one of the fortress’s most unlikely prisone. Susan Higginbotham a wonderful historical fiction writer shines just as bright in the historical genre She obviously does plenty of research sites many sources and yet brings history to life in such a way as to make it education AND entertaining At no time does she seem to be pushing forward her own opinions but leaves room for many perspectives while highlighting the most reasonable assessments I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it strongly

Susan Higginbotham  1 SUMMARY

Of the many executions The Countess PDFEPUB #195 ordered by Henry VIII surely the most horrifying was that of sixty seven year old Margaret Pole Countess of Salisbury hacked to pieces on the scaffold by a blundering headsmanFrom the start Margaret’s life had been marred by tragedy and violence her father George Duke of Clarence had. I should begin by saying I'm an avid reader of Susan Higginbotham's historical fiction so I've been looking forward to reading her non fiction biography of Margaret Pole Countess of Salisbury one of the last surviving members of the House of YorkPerhaps unfairly Margaret Pole is best remembered for her botched execution and a rather unflattering portrait of a thin faced woman holding a sprig of honeysuckle blossom a sign of love and faithfulness Interestingly when I saw the portrait in the National Portrait Gallery it had been classified as 'Unknown woman formerly known as Margaret Pole'This new book should go some way to restoring Margaret Pole's place in Tudor History as Susan has done an excellent job of setting out the facts of her complex life and explaining the historical context Readable and informative this book falls short of answering my uestion about why Margaret was executed at the age of sixty seven but I suppose we will never know


Margaret Pole The Countess in the TowerBeen Margaret Pole eBook #180 executed at the order of his own brother Edward IV and her naïve young brother Edward Earl of Warwick had spent most of his life in the Tower before being executed on orders of Henry VII Yet Margaret friend to Catherine of Aragon and the beloved governess of her daughter Mary had seemed destined Pole The. I had previously enjoyed Susan Higginbotham's novels and had high hopes of this biography of Margaret Pole an unusual subject Unfortunately my hopes were disappointed To be fair to the author I was put off early by her clear anti Richard III bias what is it about female historians and Richard III it seems to bring out the reactionary in them whereas I am a Riccardian of many years standing I base this assertion on her choice of the word 'claimed' regarding many of Richard's actions along with the absence of opposing facts from the text For instance Richard 'claimed' that he had evidence of his nephews' bastardy He ignored Edward of Warwick's claim to the throne when it wasn't specified in the Act of Attainder against his father but she doesn't mention that no one at the time would have considered that overturning one minor's claim to the throne in favour of another minor's claim which was smudged with that attainder to boot as a good idea Thus it reads as if it were all Richard's idea and implies to be fair she doesn't state that the throne was usurped She tells several times how the Princes in the Tower disappeared from view under Richard but fails to mention there is no evidence to suggest he killed them She writes of Richard coming south to take up the role of Lord Protector as willed by Edward IV as if he grabbed the Regency illegally from the actual usurpers of it the Woodvilles This is history by smoke and mirrors; written to make things appear to be rather than an account of what happened Eventually we get back to Margaret and for the most part read 'little is known' or 'nothing is known' but then she makes some odd assertion that seems hardly pertinent my favourite of these is when Ms Higginbotham tells us about Margaret having prepared a memorial resting place for herself where she wasn't allowed to lie after being executed In this she is similar to Percy Bysshe Shelley who likewise has a monument at Christchurch without having been buried there What This is a pointless and irrelevant comment and the two aren't even comparable as Shelley did not commission his own monument It does however epitomise this history as far as I am concernedSo I am most disappointed Perhaps Ms Higginbotham should stick to writing HF which is usually readable